This new Explorer's guide is not really for the rough and ready backpacker. It is a guide for those who wish to explore Maine mainly by auto, although there is information on public transportation. It is about8 ½"x6" and really too heavy to carry around in a purse, there are 640 pages. There are no colour photos but many black and white, the maps are clear and simple, but it would be better to have a more detailed map if you are driving around.
There is information on lodging and restaurants, although not always is the price level given or if it is a casual establishment or not. There are symbols for the author's favorites, special values, child friendly, handicapped and wireless internet.
The book is divided into; southern coast, Casco Bay, Midcoast and Islands, Down East, western mountains and lakes, Kennebec Valley and Maine highlands. Both of the authors live in Maine and are experienced travel writers. Many Maine citizens use this as their go to guide. When we visited Maine, my relatives had copies of this guide in their house.
There is a lot of information on each section -some background, where to go, historical and tourist sites, parking, when to come, getting there, tours, parks and beaches. It is a fact that many tourists today look forward to shopping as much as they do the sites, so that information is included too.
This is one of the better and more complete guidebooks around.